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The human papilloma virus causes most — but not all — cases of cancer of the cervix.
Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:17

An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.

A screen shot taken from a video demonstrating how Iowa's digital driver's license would look on a smartphone.
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 22:38

Smartphone and registration, please. Iowa is developing an app that would allow drivers to access a digitally encoded license instead of a conventional plastic ID card.

People gather in front of City Hall in Rennes, western France, in a show of respect for those slain Wednesday in an attack on the headquarters of the French satirical magazine <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>. At least 12 people were killed, according to police.
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 21:08

In the wake of the brazen attack that killed at least 12 people, police identified two central suspects: brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi. A third suspect turned himself in late Wednesday.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 19:44

The federal judge rejected motions by NPR and other news organizations to allow lawyers and others involved to talk about the case. The judge has also restricted access to court documents.

Researchers say they think there's something in the avocado — other than just the healthy fat — that may lower bad cholesterol.
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:45

Researchers have long known that avocados have "good" fats. But they didn't know if daily avocado consumption might affect cardiovascular disease risk factors. So they designed a study to find out.

Serros, pictured here in February 2014, got her big break as a college student in 1993.
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:17

Serros wrote about being a bicultural Chicana who was influenced by both her working-class, Mexican-American heritage and Southern California pop culture. She died Sunday at the age of 48.

Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday in New Orleans. A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering whether a Texas law puts up an unconstitutional obstacle to women seeking abortions.
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:06

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case against the Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers.

Irene Chen and Longlai Zuo, with the China-based company Quality Technology Industrial, show off their top-line phones, which cost about $100.
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:06

If you paid top dollar for a top phone, Asian vendors at the International Consumer Electronics Show have a message: You paid for a brand, not quality. And this year, they want to sell to you.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:06

Europe may have a deflation problem. Eurozone consumer prices fell on an annual basis in December for the first time since the depths of the financial crisis five years ago. The decline was driven by a sharp drop in energy prices. The news is expected to increase pressure on the European Central Bank to come up with a more aggressive response to slow growth and high unemployment.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:06

At least 12 people were killed after gunmen attacked the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris on Wednesday.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:05

The Frederick County, Md., council member was the subject of a tongue-in-cheek editorial by the Frederick News-Post after he said the newspaper couldn't use his name in a story without permission.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:58

Melissa Block speaks with New Yorker editor Francoise Mouly about the French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo and the larger landscape of satirical publications in France.

By measuring activity in different parts of the brain, neuroscientsts can get a sense of how some people will respond to treatments.
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:58

Brain imagery can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:58

In a statement on Wednesday, President Obama pledged support for the French authorities after the terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:58

A controversial offshore wind project under development in Cape Cod has lost both of the buyers for its power. Without financing, Cape Wind is missing deadlines to deliver.

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